Ruthless Rafa Nadal rolls on in Australian Open – 5 things you missed on day six

Two more top-ten women players followed Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka out of the Australian Open on another day of carnage in Melbourne Park. But world No.1 Rafa Nadal cruised through to the fourth round with a straight sets victory over his friend Pablo Carreno Busta, dropping just seven games along the way. The Spaniard will face the winner of the night match between Nick Kyrgios and Karen Khachenov. Here we take a look at the key moments and results that occurred while you were sleeping back in the UK,…

Horse racing tips: Best bets for Saturday at Lingfield, Doncaster, Cheltenham, Uttoxeter and Kempton

There’s a busy Saturday of horse racing ahead, and as ever our tipster Newboy is on hand to pick his best bets for the day. Saturday sees action at Lingfield Park, Doncaster, Cheltenham, Uttoxeter and Kempton Park – so there’s plenty to go at for racing fans. Newsboy has cast his eye over the schedule and chosen his tips for every race to help you with your selections. He also identified a double for the more ambitious punters out there, but please remember to always gamble responsibly. Here is who…

Three transfers Arsenal most like to complete – and what they’ll offer Gunners

Arsenal need new recruits – perhaps more so than any other traditional Big Six side. Mikel Arteta has inherited something of a mess in north London, and it’s going to take time turning the Gunners back into the team they once were. The Spaniard’s biggest problem is that unlike Arsenal’s rivals, he doesn’t have a massive budget to work with. He may even have to sell players on to free up funds for new recruits that fit the philosophy he wants his Gunners stars to adhere to. Arsenal have been…

Four transfers Chelsea could make after Tammy Abraham injury blow for Frank Lampard

Chelsea are still sweating on the severity of Tammy Abraham’s ankle injury – and Frank Lampard is now expected to step up his January pursuit of a new striker. Boss Lampard confirmed the England hitman will miss Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Hull, but conceded the Blues are still waiting to find out how long he will be sidelined. Abraham limped off the field at full-time after Chelsea’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Speaking at his press conference on Friday, the Blues boss…

Arsenal ‘yet to agree deal with Atletico Madrid’ over Thomas Lemar transfer

Arsenal are still some way off an agreement with Atletico Madrid over the transfer of Thomas Lemar, according to reports from France. It was claimed on Spanish programme El Chiringuito on Friday that the French winger was close to an agreement with Arsenal. However, French publication RMC has since claimed that any agreement between Lemar and Arsenal, or between the Gunners and Atletico, is “far from being ratified”. Arsenal are thought to be leading the race to sign the 24-year-old France international, who has been a long-term target after the…

Liverpool ‘target Napoli ace Fabian Ruiz after £47m Isco transfer bid rejected’

Liverpool have been linked with a swoop for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz after reportedly having a £47million bid for Isco rejected. Ruiz has emerged as one of Europe’s best midfielders since joining Napoli from Real Betis in 2018. The Spain international would be a useful addition to Jurgen Klopp’s midfield as Liverpool target glory in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup. And according to reports from Spain, Liverpool have turned their attention to the 23-year-old after Real Madrid turned down their bid for Isco. El Desmarque reports that…

Man Utd hero Javier Hernandez in tears over LA Galaxy ‘retirement’

Former Manchester United hero Javier Hernandez was in tears as he told his parents of his move to LA Galaxy, calling it “the beginning of my retirement”. Hernandez this week became the highest-paid player in the MLS when he switched from Sevilla to LA Galaxy on a three-year contract. The Mexico striker joined United from Guadalajara in the summer of 2010, becoming a fans’ favourite and scoring 37 goals in 103 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils before joining Real Madrid on loan in 2014. Hernandez went on to…

Frank Lampard discusses Chelsea transfer interest in Man Utd target Moussa Dembele

Frank Lampard has denied Chelsea are interested in signing Manchester United target Moussa Dembele from Lyon in the January transfer window. Both United and Chelsea have been linked with a move for Dembele this month, with the Premier League rivals both in need of striking reinforcements having lost their respective top scorers to injuries. Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, while United hitman Marcus Rashford will be out for at least a couple of months after suffering a double stress fracture in his back. Dembele…

Man Utd ‘planning huge summer overhaul’ as club initiate scout recruitment drive

Manchester United look set for a huge squad overhaul this summer as the club reportedly looks to bring in several first-team scouts. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the club’s owners the Glazer family have come under enormous criticism over United’s recruitment in recent years. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s current squad has been deemed by many observers to be inadequate for a club of United’s stature, with the Red Devils currently languishing six points behind the Premier League’s coveted top four places. Much of the blame for that situation has been…

ADVERTORIAL: Cheltenham Saturday horse racing betting tips: Expert says who to back – including a 5-1 runner

All eyes will be on Emma Lavelle’s top staying hurdler Paisley Park (8/13), as he takes the next step on route to defending his Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle crown in Saturday’s Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham (3.35pm). But it will take a punter with deep pockets to support him as at time of writing he is a 4-7 favourite -or a brave backer to oppose him – as he’s unbeaten in six starts since leaving the novice ranks back in 2018. Not everyone was impressed with ‘Paisley’ last time when he…